Though the tents and sleeping bags have vanished, Occupy Claremont vows it is just getting started.
Occupiers and supporters gathered on the steps of City Hall Saturday afternoon to celebrate the spirit Occupy and kick-start the next chapter in fighting for the rights of the 99 percent.
"This is not an end to the movement or a matter of us giving up," said Occupier Emma French, one of several Pitzer College students that first set up camp at Claremont City Hall in November. "It is maturing and moving into the next phase." COURIER photo/Steven Felschundneff
The Claremont City Council is once
again preparing to take part in its
yearly appointment of a new mayor
and mayor pro tem. Though
atypical from neighboring
cities where voters elect
mayors, the selection of the councilâ??s figurehead
has become an event many see as
a key tool in helping Claremont move forward.
"The mayor is really just the person trying to herd the
cats. This city is bigger than the mayor,"? Mayor Sam Pedroza
Sam Pedroza was selected last March to serve as the
city's mayor, fresh off his victory for a second term
on the city council. Since that time, the city has
seen a renewed surge to its economic development, including
the addition of high-producing
businesses like Norms Restaurant
and Super King Market.
Even before Patty Lindberg
and Charley Hepperle
Cinderella Drive, Bob Kern
was acting like a good neighbor.
With trust and the house
key from the former homeowners,
Mr. Kern offered his
fix-it expertise to the soon-tobe
new home of Ms. Lindberg
and Mr. Hepperle who “liked
him from day one” and now,
12 years later, nominated him
as one of Claremont’s Good
The Claremont Unified School District Board of Education invites all members of the community to meet with the superintendent search firm advisers from Dave Long & Associates tonight, Thursday, February 23, from 7 to 8:30 p.m in the Santa Fe Room at the Hughes Community Center to discuss the specific traits, skills, abilities and experience desired in the new superintendent.
The City of Claremont unanimously approved the adoption of a bike helmet program last week, working to provide fitted helmets to children kindergarten through eighth grade in need.
The helmet giveaway is a new component being introduced through the Safe Routes to School Program. Implemented last spring, Safe Routes provides education, training and incentives for students to promote the safe use of public walkways for walking or biking to school.
Claremont is upping its weekly
solid waste collection with the inclusion
of a door-to-door electronic
waste program set to start March
1. The program will include the safe disposal
of electronic material such as televisions
and microwaves prohibited from
being disposed of in normal garbage
Occupy Claremont is hosting one last hoorah as tents are taken down this week.
As the city's camping ordinance goes into effect, prohibiting camping gear in public spaces, the city's Occupiers are hosting a send off party at City Hall Saturday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Occupy Claremont has decided to end the run of its encampment with live entertainment, free food and discussion. "How would staying here and getting arrested push our cause forward? It wouldn't," said Occupier Andrew Mohr, who says the group will now focus its attention on fighting big banks, foreclosures and homelessness.
Claremont Place Senior Living is hosting 'Yesteryear's
Cafe', a new Alzheimer's support group in
partnership with Community Senior Services of
Yesteryear's Cafe is a monthly gathering for people
living with Alzheimer's disease and other dementias,
along with their families, caregivers, and other
Sunday, February 26: LIVE JAZZ band Seth Greenberg Trio will perform on the Blue Fin patio at 2 p.m. 665 E. Foothill Blvd., Claremont. 946-1398.
Wednesday, February 29: THEATRE The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee is a one-act musical comedy conceived by Rebecca Feldman with music and lyrics by William Finn, a book by Rachel Sheinkin and additional material by Jay Reiss.
CLAREMONT FORUM GALLERY: 586 W. First St. in The Packing House. 12 to 7 p.m. 626-3066. Through February 28: Local photographer Twila Knight will display "My Coastal Perception" a collection of photographs from the Pacific Coast.
Michelle Flint, Kelly Hamilton
and Randy Hamilton are hoping
to fuel a Claremont pizza
Known as the “healthy pie alternative,” zpizza is
opening up its doors in the Claremont Packing House
this weekend with a full menu of organic and health conscious
dining options for the Claremont consumer.
Free samples from the new pizzeria will be
dished out Friday prior to the grand opening on Sunday.
Claremont's Ginger Elliot
Gallery at Memorial Park has
been transformed into a walking
WWII art history book.
The Claremont Museum of Art debuted Claremont
Modern: Artists of the GI Bill at the Claremont
Heritage Ginger Elliot
Exhibition Space last weekend,
surrounding viewers with
the works of prominent local artists and WWII
veterans. The free exhibit will close this Sunday. COURIER photo/Steven Felschundneff
The celebration of the Visiting
(VNA) and Hospice of
Southern California’s milestone
60th anniversary this past week
also marked the cornerstone of a
whole new chapter for the Claremont-
VNA broke ground Tuesday on renovations
to its first hospice house, a live-in
facility providing clients with focused endof-
life care in the comforts of home. The
soon-to-be renovated North Claremont
home is expected to be open to patients in